Invitation to press conference



On 5 September 2018, Wednesday, 11:00 am and 13:00

Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels,


Imrali Island – Turkey’s equivalent to Robben Island – is a place where the European Convention for Human Rights has been systematically circumvented for almost 20 years now. For more than seven years now Abdullah Öcalan has had no contact to a lawyer. After the collapse of talks with the Turkish state, these constant and blatant rights violations have turned into a complete isolation of the island prison from the world. This is the longest time ever that anyone was prohibited from having contact with lawyers. There is no news from Abdullah Öcalan and three other prisoners on the island since 2015. The whole island is a black hole – right in the middle of Europe. Its effects are now spilling over to the rest of Turkey and Europe.

The biggest ever freedom campaign since Mandela, is Abdullah Öcalan’s freedom campaign. More than 10 million signatures were collected for his freedom – the biggest ever campaign for a political prisoner, today we take this campaign one step further and you are invited to attend


The Time Has Come! – Freedom for Öcalan World Campaign –

This campaign is supported by intellectuals, politicians, unions and movements with millions of members and supporters such as Mairead Maguire (Nobel Peace Prize Laurette), Noam Chomsky, Jose Ramos-Horta (Nobel Peace Prize Laurette), Prof. Immanuel Wallerstein, Prof. Angela Davis, Desmond Tutu, Gerry Adams, Arnaldo Otegi, Unite the Union, GMB (Britain’s General Union) and Durham Miners Association to name a few.

The press Conference will be held between 11:00 am to 13:00 pm



  • Havin Guneser – Representing International Initiative “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan – Peace in Kurdistan”
  • Arnaldo Otegi – General Coordinator of Basque pro-independence Left coalition Euskal coalition Herria Bildu. He has played a pivotal role on the peace process in the Basque Country. Imprisoned from 2009 to 2016, for his role in defining that strategy.
  • Ross Forbes and Joseph Whitworth – Representing Durham Miners Association
  • Eleonora de Majo – Member of city council of Napoli for Dema Party and delegated by the Mayor Luigi De Magistris
  • Mauro Palma – First national ombudsman for the rights of persons detained or deprived of their liberty (Italy) and former head of CPT (European Committee for the Prevention of Torture)


Practical info:

Org.: Kurdish Institute Brussels

Contact info: Erdelan Baran, [email protected], Phone: 0032 489 592 192